The lady with the Midas touch, at least for the moment. The last couple of years have been a dream run for this actress. She has done movies opposite almost all the leading young heroes of the industry, she has landed hit after hit, climbed up the popularity charts and is currently setting the trends for others to follow. This year has already seen her having two major releases, Paiyaa and Sura and two more might follow before the year ends. Things would never have looked so rosy for Tamannah, who has also proved her mettle as an actress of substance in the early phase of her career with films like Kalloori.
VTV seems to have given her a fresh start. Not that she was doing too badly before VTV happened. But, there is definitely a change in perception since the Gautham Menon movie happened. Even before that Trisha had started showing her intentions of changing from the completely commercial track towards roles that offered her more than just the mundane stuff; Abhiyum Naanum was the beginning. But, she has not given up on the commercial varieties as yet. Waiting to happen next is perhaps the biggest move in her career, a movie opposite Kamal with KSR at the helm. It does not get bigger.
She was the hit maiden of Kollywood for almost three years on the trot. It was as if she couldn’t put a foot wrong with films like Ghajini, Pokkiri and the huge Dasavatharam. But, Bollywood beckoned and she had to take a break from Tamil. But, if she is in the scheme of things even after nearly two years of absence, that only goes to show how much of an impact she has had during her time here. Now she is back in Kaavalkaran with Vijay and hopefully there is more to come. Let’s hope for the best.
Well, she has never had any dearth of big projects. Who gets the chance of starring in three consecutive Superstar films, however small the role may be? But, the problem that she faced during certain junctures was that most of her big projects seemed to be turning turtle at the box office. The tide seems to have been stemmed a bit with Aadhavan and she now seems to be in a relatively slow phase of her career with Boss Engira Baskaran opposite Arya on the anvil. But, all that could change very soon. Hopefully, she gets the right kind of opportunities henceforth and also manages to avoid the glamour trap.
5. Shriya Saran
Sivaji was the crescendo, and nothing has come close to it as yet. Right from the Superstar to his son-in-law, she has worked with the entire spectrum of stars in the industry, save a few. But, the last couple of years have left her starved for genuine hits, in spite of having worked with quite a few big banners and stars. But, one never knows when the turnaround in about to happen and it could well be with the Arya starrer Chikku Bukku or with Jiiva in Rowthiram. It is only a matter of time before she gets over her relatively lean patch. To her credit, her dancing skills seem to be a few notches above the other leading ladies in the industry at the moment.
She was so busy in Telugu that she hardly could find any time for Tamil. But, the success of Arundhathee did the trick. Kollywood wooed this actress who had proved her worth and thus Vettaikaran happened. Singam is now ready to roar and there is Vada Chennai to look forward to. That’s two big releases within a year which is definitely great progress for an actress whose only previous Tamil film was Rendu, way back in 2006. She surely seems to have all that it takes to stay in the top rung, the only question being whether Tollywood will leave her with enough time to do so.
She has been around for quite a while now and still is one of the busiest leading ladies going around. She is one of the few actresses to have quite a number of meaty roles to her credit, like the ones in Pallikkoodam and Pirivom Sandhippom. Even though she seems to have a high level of popularity with the audiences and proven skills on all fronts, a blockbuster that can place her in the top league, in reckoning for those big projects is yet missing. Her mysterious character in Goa has added a new dimension to her career and with roles like Bhavani IPS and many other films in her kitty, the times are only looking to get better for this actress.
The National Award winning actress has been sauntering through a bevy of flicks, but is still in search of a role that will let her live up to the promise created by Muthalagu. She might not be having the biggest of projects or hits, but is definitely one of the busiest going around at this point of time. And, her ticket to the top of the ladder might be here in 2010 with Raavan and Raktha Charithra. Not only will these be films under master craftsmen Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma respectively, they will also introduce her to Bollywood. There is little doubt that quite a few things are waiting to happen in this actress’ career very shortly.
We have not seen her much since the bubbly Hasini of Santhosh Subramaniam graced screens nearly two years back. Hindi and Telugu have kept her busy with quite a few good projects. But, she has done well enough during her time down south to remain in the minds of audiences and directors. The effervescent screen presence and cute appeal are her greatest strengths and she seems to know extremely well how to play to those points of strengths. She will be reaffirming her presence in Kollywood this year with Uthama Puthiran
10. Sameera Reddy
After quite a few years in Bollywood, this lady finally made her debut in Tamil as the classy Meghna in Vaaranam Aayiram. She seems to have leapfrogged directly into the big league, considering the stars that she has been paired up with in her first two movies. It is not very common for an actress to make her debut opposite Suriya and then follow it up with one opposite Ajith. But then, to be fair, she deserves the credit for making her opportunities count and now she is currently working in Gautham Menon’s quickie and seems all set to feature in another flick of Menon’s also which will be Ajith’s 50th film. One cannot get luckier than this. So, Sameera is going great guns. How far will she go? Too early to say!